Women of the Gold Rush

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A place where they were not able to get the jobs that they wanted and were often not credited for their actions. Most times if a woman were to try to get a job or even participate in an activity, they would hide their true identities and pretend to be men. This is what women in California had to do in the 1800’s to early 1900’s. Many women came to California to work as prostitutes or entertainers during the 1850’s (Women). However, there were still many women in San Francisco who were very influential and leave an everlasting impression on the city. Women such as Lillie Hitchcock Coit, Isadora Duncan, and Mary Ellen Pleasant were all very important people living in San Francisco during the 1800’s to 1900’s, and were able to make a difference in their community. Being the first woman to participate in a fire rescue and late be made the mascot for firemen was Lillie Hitchcock Coit. What made her famous amongst the people of San Francisco was from the first time that she participated in a fire rescue with the Knickerbocker Engine Company No.5 (Museum). It was not common for women to work, especially in a job that required strength and “manpower”. She moved to California from West Point in 1851 with her parents. Ever since she was a young girl, Lillie found a fascination in fire fighting, which is why at fifteen years old she grabbed hold of the vacant spot on the rope and helped the…

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